May 2018: News and Updates
A monthly newsletter from the Center of Human Health and the Environment
Upcoming Events
5/11/18 - CHHE Zebrafish Interest Group Trainee Work-In-Progress Seminar
Toxicology Building Auditoruim 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
May 2018 - Calendar. Isolated on White Background. 3D Illustration
Interest Groups News
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Group
This group will bring together scientists across the Research Triangle Area to focus on issues related to studies of endocrine disrupting chemicals across species. Goals include enhancing collaborative research, and improving outreach and communication related to EDCs.

The Environmental Epigenetics Interest Group
Leaders: David Aylor and Mike Cowley
This group will build a community of faculty, staff and students interested in the mechanisms and consequences of interactions between the environment and the epigenome. We will discuss current trends, exchange ideas, share technical knowledge, and foster collaborations with the goal of addressing outstanding questions in the field.

Pulmonary Interest Group
Leaders: Kym Gowdy and Jane Hoppin
The Pulmonary interest group will work to establish collaborations between basic and translational scientists and clinicians that are interested in understanding mechanisms behind environmental exposures and lung diseases. This group will hold meetings at both NCSU and ECU to facilitate exchange of ideas and expertise that will result in interdisciplinary groups that can apply for external funding opportunities.

Neuroscience Group
This group will focus on questions and activities related to neurodevelopment and neurotoxicology. Goals include coordinating research efforts, increasing grant submissions, enhancing our presence at the Society for Neuroscience meeting and working towards becoming nationally recognized as having strength in “Environmental Neuroscience.”

Zebrafish Group
Leader: Heather Shive
ZIG will be holding an informal work-in-progress meeting on May 11, 2018. This meeting will provide the opportunity for students and post-docs to present their ongoing projects and get feedback from the group.
2018 CHHE Pilot Project Awards!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 CHHE Pilot Project Awards! CHHE awarded nine Pilot Projects to investigators at NCSU and ECU. These year long projects are intended to foster collaboration among CHHE members and generate preliminary data for larger grant applications to NIEHS.

Gestational Effects of Low Dose Cd Exposure on Epigenetic Regulation of Metabolism
Scott Belcher, (PI), NCSU
Theresa C. Guillette, (Co-I), NCSU

Zac1 and the Imprinted Gene Network in the Programming of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Michael Cowley, (PI), NCSU
Marine Baptissart, (Co-I), NCSU

The novel role for estrogen signaling in pulmonary eicosanoid metabolism after ozone
Kymberly M. Gowdy, (PI), ECU
Espen Spangenburg, (Co-I), ECU
Johanna Hannan, (Co-I), ECU

Are long non-coding RNAs the missing link in AhR mediated repression of mesenchymal stem cell differentiation?
Seth Kullman, (PI), NCSU
Jonathan Hall, (Co-I), NCSU
David Reif, (Co-I), NCSU

GenX and related perfluorinated compounds: a comparative analysis of trophic transfer and toxicity
Carolyn Mattingly, (PI), NCSU
Antonio Planchart, (Co-I), NCSU
David Buchwalter, (Co-I), NCSU

Impacts of GenX (2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)- propanoate) on reproductive function and transcriptome signature in Caenorhabditis elegans
Xiaoping Pan (PI), ECU
David N. Collier (PI), ECU
Detlef R. U. Knappe (PI), NCSU

Novel statistical methods for estimating the health effects of chemical mixtures
Brian Reich, (PI), NCSU
Denis Fourches, (Co-I), NCSU
Jane Hoppin, (Co-I), NCSU

A novel role of CDK4 in the transcriptional regulation of chromosome stability genes
Marcelo Rodriguez-Publa, (PI), NCSU
Michael Bereman, (Co-I), NCSU

Histamine in homes: Spatial distribution and exposure risks
Coby Schal, (PI), NCSU
Zachary DeVries, (Co-I), NCSU
NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) scientists shared new findings and methodological advances through approximately 100 scientific presentations at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 57th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo March 12-15 in San Antonio.

Congrats are in order for Cathrine Hoyo and Fred Wright , who are both recipients of this year's   Research Leadership Academy   and  2018-2019 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award !

Congratulations to David Aylor for being recognized in the Office of Faculty Development's Thank-a-Teacher program for his excellent teaching last semester!

Kudos to David Muddiman, Matthew Breen and Christopher Frey for being recipients of the Research Leadership Academy.

Kym Gowdy's recent NIEHS R01 scored in the 1st percentile, and her post-doc Brita Kilburg- Basnyat got a fundable score on her F32.
Congratulations to Kym and her lab.
Birnbaum, center, joined NTP postdoctoral fellows Atlee Watson, Ph.D., left, and Troy Hubbard, Ph.D., at the President’s Reception. (Photo courtesy of SOT)
Congratulations Coby Schal for receiving the Research Leadership Academy and the University Award for Outstanding Mentor from the Graduate School.

We want your good news! Please send it to Jackie Broughton or Jane Hoppin
COEC Update
April was busy with community events in Wilmington and Durham. In Wilmington, the COEC helped with reporting back the results of tap water testing for the GenX Exposure Study. More than 80 members of the community, including elected officials and members of the press attended the event. In Durham, the COEC helped our community partners at PEACH host a town hall for more than 50 members of the Northeast Central Durham community. We discussed lead poisoning and how to reduce childhood exposure to lead-based hazards. 

If you want help doing community engaged activities, reach out to Katy May for help. This is what the COEC is all about.
Community town hall on lead exposure in Durham, NC .
Career Development
All investigators but particularly Early Stage Investigators are encouraged to work with the   Career Development Core i n development of their grants. Talk to   Nanette Nascone-Yoder   t o set up a chalk talk to help organize ideas for your next proposa l.
Remember to cite our CHHE grant P30ES025128 in publications if CHHE has provided you services, facility core use, seed/pilot project funds etc. NIH tracks this as an important CHHE metric. 
CHHE Resources and Facilities Page for NIH Grants is available on the CHHE  website.
PINS: Remember when submitting your grants, be sure to select "Center for Human Health and the Environment" as a center in PINS.

CHHE Cited Publications 
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